Magic Bites was published on this day, exactly 15 years ago.
Technically we sold Questing Beast to a magazine before that, but it was published much later. Magic Bites was our first professionally published work, and it launched a series of 10 novels, with 3 novel-length spinoffs, not to mention numerous novellas and short stories. Over the years, the series sold millions of copies, had been translated into 18 languages, and attracted the coolest fandom ever.
It’s been a wild ride. Thank you for reading about Kate and the wild adventures of her family and friends. We have more fun things for you coming in the future, and we hope you will keep visiting the first world we made.
Can’t believe it’s only been 15 years.
I remember picking up my first Kate book. It was in a Borders bookstore in a mall. Can’t believe it’s been 15 years either.
+2…I miss border’s
Congrats!! It’s my favorite series that I read over and over (not to mention your other work as well). Very thankful for the day I discovered your books from a mention by Jeaniene Frost. ????
Thank you for writing the books 🙂
Thank you for creating the awesome worlds that give us all joy and escape!
You guys are the best!
And thank you for writing such a great world! ????
Did a Kate reread during the pandemic and it was glorious! Happy Anniversary!
Happy Anniversary to House Andrews. And thank you for the many (many!) of happy hours I’ve spent being immersed in your worlds
Boy does that make me feel old .
They don’t feel like childhood memories since I read you book so often they feel like Old friends that I like to revisit once in a whole.
I love these books and am so happy I picked Magic Bites in the back section of the ABC book store in The Hague, the Netherlands.
Have read almost everything you have written and multiple times. I buy based on your name and style ! They are my go-to books.
Reading Magic Binds now.
Again thank you for writing them and i wish you many more years of writing success..
Ms. Kim says
+1. Now that I’m at end of re-reading KD thru Magic Binds (just Triumph to go), ready for Julie.
Moderator R says
What a journey it’s been ????. Thank you so much, congratulations and to many more adventures ahead! ????
I finished rereading the entire series a couple of weeks ago. I love the KD world so much. And yes, I use power words in the real world… as one does. Thank you for creating a fun world I can lose myself in.
Kimberly Houle says
I’ve enjoyed the ride and will continue to devour your books. Thank you,thank you,thank you.
Omar Mtz says
Diane E Wilson says
Happy Anniversary, and a big thank you to Ilona, Gordon, Kate, and Curran!
Happy Anniversary!!! You guys created one of my favorite worlds/books/characters ever!!! Thank you so very much!
Jane Wu says
It is such a joy to read your books!
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!! So looking forward to more in that world. Many thanks for sharing your creations with us.
The KD universe hooked me on all thing House Andrews!
Sophia (✿╹◡╹) says
I’m so grateful I got to read these books. Still my favorites after all this time. kd my queen???? I really do love her forever.
Your books have a very special place in my heart. Thank you for writing and sharing your stories.
As Sophia said, I’m also deeply grateful for having read your books!
Kate will always be my favorite heroine ❤️
I re-read the entire series when I need an happiness boost ????
so do I 🙂
Kate is my favoritest hero ever!!! Thank you for bringing her to the world!
Stacy Harper Watson says
Happy anniversary!! ❤️❤️
Aman Sidhu says
Congratulations! Happy Anniversary!
Taryn Rivers says
Kate’s story remains one of my favorite comfort reads. It got me through a breakup, grad school, my grandmother’s passing, and all the good days in between.
Thank you for her story.
Moderator R says
So glad you found an escape in the books ????.
KD series is my most favorite of all time! Happy anniversary! ❤️
Thank you for writing amazing stories!!!
Inga Abel says
Happy anniversary! ????
Thank you for sharing your worlds with us! I am so thankful for every word out of your hands and minds!
Lots of love from Switzerland!
Marcia Sundquist says
Thank you for creating Kate Daniels and all these fabulous characters over these 15 years.
Fabulous french fan ????
Happy Anniversary! I think I found you guys in 2012, and really enjoyed the KD world, then everything else you’ve published. But I have to say Kate and the gang are my favorite.
Happy Anniversary! Your book debut can get its learners permit now! It’s been such a pleasure to read your books!
Moderator R says
Awww, baby’s first engine chanting ????
Judy Schultheis says
Snicker, chortle, guffaw!
Liv W says
Happy Happy Magic Bites Anniversary and Happy Happy Birthday to Kate!
Kate n Curren 4 Evah! Happy Birthday – and many more!
Liz L says
Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!! I’m imagining a KD quinceañera party now. He, he, he… it would be glorious!! ????
Moderator R says
???? Ballerina themed!
Or Lion King ????
Patricia Schlorke says
With Roman being the party planner, like he did with Kate and Curran’s wedding. ????
Happy belated book anniversary. I didn’t see the post yesterday due to early birthday celebrations. The actual celebration is tomorrow. ????
Moderator R says
Happy birthday, Patricia! ????
Amanda Carter says
Thank You so much for bringing Kate and many other beloved characters to this world
Happy Anniversary! Can’t wait to see what y’all have up your sleeves. So happy to be one of your fans
Cynthia Keller says
You are my favorite authors. I enjoy everything you write.
Valerie in CA says
It’s very very admirable you wrote this while you had young children.
An, I am guessing, a small dog farm.
Moderator R says
😀 To be fair, Ilona and Gordon only have 2 dogs. Everyone always adds the grandpets to the count hehe.
Michele G says
Oh wow. Happy anniversary. Love Kate & her world. Thank you for writing a strong, fierce and independent woman. Love her family too.????????????????❤️
Sharon Shriner says
Happy Anniversary!! Love you both!!????????
Happy Anniversary! Thank You for all the years together, for bringing joy and entertainment. Whish all of us many more beautiful journeys into your universums.
Nancy C. says
Happy Anniversary !!
One of the most amazing adventures, I love this series with my whole heart!
so love this series; actually in mid-read again. thank you!
Katie R says
Happy Anniversary! Thanks for all the great stories!
Happy Anniversary. I’ve read everything you’ve written. Love them all, but Kate’s world is first and best. Always want more. So glad you can celebrate this anniversary.
15 years ! Still fabulous! Kate Daniels is one of my favourite heroines. Thank you so much for writing the books ❤️
Daphne Simpson says
During the height of lock downs when I was just terrified I tried to read and couldn’t. (I know this wasn’t unusual.) I could reread the Kate Daniels series. It was so good for me. For that I think Kate will always be my bestie for helping me protect my mental health.
What a wonderful world. Re-read Blood Heir this weekend.
What a delight. Looking forward to seeing more friends in that world. . . Kate & Curran’s daughter, Derek’s courting techniques, Roman’s HEA and Hugh & Elara.
All in good time of course. No pressure, just delighted to know the stories in the KD world may continue.
Happy Anniversary! Still have the paperback. And the best is yet to come
Congratulations and looking forward to many more worlds and interesting characters from your fertile imaginations!
Diane Peters says
Happy Anniversary-can’t wait to see what you have in store for us! Thanks
Happy Anniversary! I will forever be grateful to that young lady at the bookstore, so many years ago, who recommended your books.
Happy Anniversary!!!! Thank you so much for your wonderful stories.
Happy Anniversary and thank you for the many hours of escapism and just wonderful world-building and amazing characters. Here’s to the next 15!
Judy Schultheis says
I will pre-order anything you announce as soon as it’s available to do so.
Gunmetal Magic is my absolute favorite of the Kate Daniels stuff – it’s the only one I’ve bought in hard copy. I enjoyed how you worked it so they could stick to the letter of the villain’s demands and still get around them. And I absolutely loved Roman in that book. I am SERIOUSLY fond of several of the other characters, so that he’s my favorite there says a great deal.
And the novella that kept Kate and Curran mostly busy offstage was also fun.
Moderator R says
Flirty Roman is EPIC! I reread his scenes in Gunmetal Magic from time to time too, although I generally begrudge that he prefers blondes 😉
Congrats!! And it’s still a joy to visit with Kate and Curran, tho HL and Innkeeper are my usual re-reads.
Congratulations! and thank you for all the marvelous worlds you have created and shared with us.
Dixie M McIlwraith says
Blood Heir and Iron and Magic. What is the third novel length spin off?
Moderator R says
Gunmetal Magic, Andrea’s POV 🙂 https://ilona-andrews.com/kd-novellas/#gunmetal
Thank you for sharing your worlds and characters with us!
My endless thanks to the girl who introduced me to Kate, I hope to draft more people into the BDH too!
It’s been a great journey. Thanks for the scenery!!
Mary Cruickshank Peed says
I have to admit every once in a while I’m trying to get one of the neighborhood cats to come and I call “here kitty kitty!”. Then I snicker and have to go reread one of my favorite stories.
Happy anniversary for our House Andrews!!!!!!!
One of my all-time favorite series. I miss Kate! On a different note, will you be attending RARE Paris? I would love to see you again.
Vianne Higgins says
Thank you so much for your writing! So many hours of wonderful!
I’ve been a fan from the first book on and I believe I’ve read every single one of your published books.
In the beginning yours were one of many Urban Fantasy Series but now yours, Patricia Briggs’s and Faith Hunter’s are the only ones I’m still happy with.
I wish for many more books to come and keep my thumbs crossed for a long and productive life for you both.
Congratulations from Frankfurt, Germany for 15 years of great work!!!
Gina G says
It seems like only yesterday that I read the infamous words ‘Here kitty kitty kitty.’
15 years of being my favourite authors.
Thank you & Congratulations for more than you can imagine x
Thank you guys for your hard work to create an escape and refuge from reality <3
11 years ago, my sister in law included a copy of Magic Strikes in a big bag of paperbacks she gave me. I was bed bound recovering from a badly broken leg at the time. Have no memory of what else was in that bag, but have a copy of everything they have produced and Ilona and Gordon are my very favorite most authors. It’s really difficult finding other authors that even come close to the bar they have set. Their generous sharing on this website makes them feel more like friends. While I love all the different stories, the KD universe will always be so special.
Thank you for sharing your lives and stories!
I feel you there.
Happy Anniversary ????
Carolina Acevedo says
Hey! I’m currently finishing the series. I discovered Kate Daniels during the pandemic and fell head over heels in love with it. Everything about this series, every part, and every plot come together so perfectly.
I’m in love with this universe and these characters that have become part of my life and encourage me to always be better.
Thank you for writing this!
Happy Anniversary! Definitely a day to celebrate as you see fit!
(And Happy Mother’s Day/Mothering Sunday from here in the UK as well)
Sara S says
I started reading about Kate and Co when I was in middle school. Their world has been a part of my life for over half OF my life. Reading stories about all these strong women who face difficult emotions and overcome their obstacles has been an amazing force throughout the years. Thank you for the work you have done and continue to do!
Moderator R says
That’s so awesome! ????????
may lill voll says
Happy anniversary! I have been following your books from the beginning, and I really love them. Believe I have all your puplished books and novellas. ????
Izzy Hamm says
Thank YOU for creating worlds we can revisit over and over again!
Congrats! I grew up on Kate and consider myself very lucky to be able to do so! ????❤????
It helped she has the same name ????????
Mary Beth says
Always. Happy Anniversary!
Big huge hugs from afar.
Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!!! Thank you for all your amazing stories and worlds! ????
I discovered “Magic Bites” back in 2009 and have read everything you’ve published since then. I admit it took me a bit longer to discover the blog. ????
Mary V says
Happy anniversary! I love reading anything y’all write. All I have to hear or think of “Here, Kitty, Kitty” and begin to grin. I start to think of my glasses and think of Dali (she and I have much in common!) and love the grit and steel of Andrea. I dream of the delights of Baha-Char and little vampires slicing hamstrings. Occasionally tiny foxes come dancing thru with their entourages. And, whenever I go pick my grapefruit, I think of a werewolf marking territory in an apple orchard. We no longer have a Costco membership, but when we did I would look twice at anyone in the refrigerator section.
Thank you, Team Andrews, for helping to open new gates in my imagination.
Happy Anniversary. I keep visiting, revisiting again and again. I’ve lost track of how many times I read all your books.
Keep up the great work!
Happy Anniversary- it is my absolute favourite series!
After 15 years, Kate is still finding new fans all the time. Just about every month I see a post from a reader who has just found your books. You are still spreading joy and excitement with both new and older works. You both deserve a nice treat. Happy Anniversary with many thanks for all that you do for your fans,
Happy Anniversary ! May you have many many more!
Susan Padgett says
Thank you so much for giving me the book reading ride of a lifetime! The series is one I reread often and always find more things to love about it. You created characters that I feel I know and I care about! I’m invested in your works and look forward to more stories and more characters to discover!
Happy Anniversary! And thank you. ????
Happy Anniversary and so very glad you gave us the incredible Kate, her family and the whole post shift world we got to enjoy over so many adventures.
Always worth (re-) visiting Kate, just say the word or rather let us know where to find it, will be glad to follow you even into Unicorn Lane.
Marcia McGinley says
I remember getting your first book on a library buying expedition to a little independent bookstore and thinking, a new author to give my insatiable urban fantasy readers. Little did I know. These days your books have hold queues long before they it the shelves. Thank you for many many hours of reading joy.
Gai LaMarche says
The thanks go to YOU for the hours and years of reading pleasure and entertainment. Actually, thanks are totally inadequate. Here is to at least another 15.
I’d like to add another “Happy Anniversary!” And a large Thank You!
As all the others have so brilliantly stated the Kate Daniels series and spinoffs are a treasure to so many. More than just good reads they have become part of our lives, friends that we re-visit and intros to your other worlds and the wonder and joy that they continue to bring to our lives.
How very cool. I remember buying this book at a local Chapters due to the cover and the blurb by Patricia Briggs. One of the best impulse purchases I ever made. I think I sent an email saying I enjoyed the book as well. So happy anniversary of the book publishing. An excellent time for me to start a re-read!
Wahida AlZubaidi says
Happy Anniversary! Never get enough of Kate and extended family. Thank you for a wonderful series. ❤
Thank YOU for sharing your creative worlds with us. Here’s to the next 15!
Donna A says
Happy crystal anniversary. Fifteen years! It seems like just yesterday when I first saw the paperback on the US new releases shelf and decided to give it a try. Good old Forbidden Planet, these days I don’t need to search for paper imports I can download files. Maybe in another fifteen years I’ll be able to just wire the words direct to my brain!
Happy 15th Anniversary! KD was the first of your series I read and it remains my favorite. Thanks for creating such a great world with characters that pop out of the page. I am always thrilled to revisit the world whenever you publish in it. Like old friends who you may not hear from in a while but you pick up right where you left off the time between visits just disappears.
I love Kate Daniels. Thank you and Happy Anniversary.
Bravo and thanks!
KD has been a favorite since I found it. (I think I had to wait for Book 3 – no I never remember the actual titles of the books in proper order – but not long.)
You two do, hands down, some of the best world building ever. Your books grab me and roll me under into the new reality in half a page or less. I love all your series and have all of them in at least one medium and usually two.
Take care, my friends, and keep writing, please…
Jackie ward says
Love the world of Kate Daniels , it’s been a heck of a ride ,thank you .
Such an amazing series – the characters, the world, the magic, the laugh-out-loud moments. I’m so excited to see what new ideas you have coming!
Best series !!!
Thank you for sharing your creativity. When someone asks about a new author to read I get to share you/your writing with them with no doubts that they will enjoy.
Happy Book Anniversary !
Michelle McLoughlin says
Happy 15th birthday, Kate.
I can’t believe that I’ve been in the BDH for so long.
Congratulations and here’s to many more!
I actually started with the Edge novels, not being much into UF, but your writing and world-building were so entrancing that I gladly took a chance on Magic Bites. I have no regrets, although I did endure some nights on little sleep when I unwisely began reading “just a few pages” of the next book in the series! Love you, love the BDH and your generosity with your fans!
I bought it in high school.
Thanks for reminding me I’m old. ????
Big Mike says
I’m 75, and still young (at heart)
Bill G says
Happy Anniversary, indeed. May there be many more anniversarys and many more stories.
Zaena B says
Happy Anniversary!! I will gladly wait for more wonderous works from y’all!
One of my favorite series ever!
Ann C says
Happy anniversary! ????????
Happy anniversary! Many thank you the countless hours of fabulous escapism, especially during this crazy time!
I’m begging you for new special edition covers to celebrate 15 years ????????
Stacy McKnight says
It is an AMAZING world. I will revisit regularly I promise. I will strive for patience as I await the next spinoff books in this world. (Will fantasize about the occasional day in the life snippet of those beloved characters whose series is finished. ) When I found the world you were three books in and I am extremely grateful that the series went 10 deep with continuous improvement. I am grateful that this world let me to the others and that some of them are ongoing still as well. Happy anniversary! Thanks!
I remember how i stumbled upon you and when i received kates first book in the mail ???? ive been a fan ever since
Big Mike says
Was Small Magics published ahead of Magic Bites? I know I read “A Questionable Client” before reading Magic Bites.
It’s been a ride.
Moderator R says
A Questionable Clien is a prequel, but Magic Bites is the first to the publisher.
Happy Anniversary to House Andrews and Kate Daniels!! ????????????
Thank you for all the wonderful adventures!!
Happy Anniversary! Love the series and look forward to more……more anything really. You guys are great. Hope your world is good.
It doesn’t seem possible that it is 15 years. The books seem as fresh now as they were then. Congratulations on the anniversary and like everyone else I just look forward to more books 🙂 🙂
Congratulations!! Thank you for sharing your words and imagination with us 🙂
Congrats! All of us are so glad you shared Kate’s world (and all the others!) with us! Looking forward to whatever y’all do next.
Should it be Happy Birthday? Whatever it’s called. Thank you House Andrews for the KD series. It pulled me through some tough times and the Innkeeper serials help me look forward to Fridays when Mondays were looking bleak.
Your books and your blog help me keep my sanity and my spirits while working in a unhealthy environment until I could leave without repercussions.
We have followed where you have taken us with grat enjoyment. Thank you for that. Always waiting for more❤
Wow 15 years- is been a weeks ride and b it seems like it’s gone in the blink of an eye.
Also wanted to say i love the art work, esp the sketch…captures us to a T ????
I finally got my mom to read your books and Kate Daniels was her entry into the BDH, after which she promptly read everything ever. Happy anniversary and thank you for being another rope that keeps the bond between mom and me tied tight.
Happy Anniversary. You are one of the main reasons I continue to haunt Barnes and Noble. It was the cover of your first book that caught my attention and I have never regretted that first purchase of your books. I have them all, even the audio versions. I am in awe of your thought process and your ability to build worlds I love to visit over and over again. Thank you so much for all you’ve shared with us. Your the bestest.
The KD series will forever hold a special place in my heart for being one of those that really made me fall in love with reading..can’t wait to read what happens next! <3 Thank you for sharing your writing with the world!
Forgot to say Happy Anniversary!!!! <3
I am so glad I found your books and the stories you have to tell!
And it’s a double anniversary: it’s ten years ago this month that I bought my first KD book, on March 15, 2012…
Michelle G says
Happy Anniversary!!! And a heartfelt thank you for the many, many hours I’ve spent immersed in your works. Kate will always hold a special place in my heart ❤️
Love all your books.
my frikkin heart ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ love you both. thank you so much for the KD world. it means so much to me. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!
Stacie Mc says
Happy Anniversary! May you write and sell many, many more books.
I have the habit of reading to escape and your books fit the bill.
Only they don’t.
I never feel like I’ve read escapism but rather that you’ve brought me closer to important truths. Truths about family, friendship, loyalty and the faith one must have that good will triumph. You also write about people who have experienced trauma and who still find love.
I’m glad I live in a world that has your books in it.
Kat in NJ says
Wenonah Lyon says
I fell in love with Kate, the universe you created, Curren… this was my introduction to urban fantasy. I’d read SF and Murder, but not fantasy. So I fell in love with a genre as well. Thanks.
Susan Ravan says
Simply the best!
Angela Knight says
And every word was a delight.
Happy Anniversary!!!! This is my go-to book series, love it!
Happy Anniversary! Magic Bites was my first exposure to Ilona Andrews and I have read everything Ilona and Gordon have written since. I can’t wait for more.
Laura R says
Thank you for posting the fun drawing of the tea party! The Tea Party blog is a favorite and I re-read it whenever I need to laugh!
I just had to check: I started reading in february 2014 (some amazon “you might also like”).
I liked it so much, that in march 2014 I bought every other book available til that date. and I wasn’t that good in english back then…
Happy Book Anniversary!
Donna B says
I read all your posts, but haven’t been a commenter. I just wanted to say, this was the series that hooked me, and now I (and a few of my friends, and a few of their friends) are IA addicts for as long as you both write. I want to tell you I am so grateful for your work. Your worlds are such a wonderful escape. So glad to hear you will continue your work on YOUR timeframe. I am happy to consume it whenever you guys are ready to share it. (HUGE hugs to my favorite authors)
Congrats! Hopefully many more Anniversaries one to come.
I’m so grateful for all of your worlds. In late 2009, during my initial recovery from spinal surgery, a friend sent me the first three Magic novels. I had previously read only the story in Must Love Hellhounds. Your books have been reliable comfort reads ever since. I’ve never needed them more than this past winter, which incidentally is still hanging grimly on, and they haven’t failed me yet. Thank you so much for everything. You make a difference, and it’s a fabulous one in every sense of the word.
woot woot well deserved success!
and wishing House Andrews even more health, happiness, and professional success in the future.
Happy Anniversary! Picking up Magic Bites all those years ago was a great decision. You have taken us on so many great journeys since then. To many more in thr future.
Happy anniversary! The traditional anniversary gift for 15 years is crystal…what kind of trouble could they get into with that?
Thank you for bringing so much adventure and joy into the world.
KD 4ever! says
Congratulations and Thank You! For these characters and worlds you have created and shared with us. May you continue to write for many more years!
Nancy Upchurch says
Still one of the best authors (or author duos) ever. Can read, re-read, re-read ad infinitum without being bored.
Wooooow 15 years!!!
Happy book- anniversary ! ????????
Love you all ! ????
So much love. <3
Mary Carter says
Such a remarkable series!!
Wow! That’s so cool. Happy anniversary!
Your books were my escape from pandemic reality. I’ve reread EVERY thing you have written, and that’s a “no shit, guy story” or best testament of truth in the oil patch.
Faith Freewoman says
I allow NOTHING to get between me and anything you guys have written. Nothing!!!
Tiger Lily says
I started Magic Bites when the first three books were already out. I reread them many times as I waited for the next ones to be published. When I found out there would be 10 books I used to hope that I would live long enough to read all of them…It is a world where we can be in a car wreck in a second and cease to exist. That is how much I loved these books! Thanks for all of the enjoyment you have shared. You are awesome writers.
Maria R. says
Belated Happy Anniversary ???? to the first book of the Kate Daniel world. Unable to recall when or where I started with the series, it matters little to me but what matters is I did begin reading the series. (I take that back, it might be from my local library and yes the cover caught my attention)
I’ve the KD paperbacks & 1 oddball hard cover (yah that’s a library purchase due to coffee incident ????) in a ready to go canvass tote, in case of natural erm event in my earthquake area. I’ve added other HA paperbacks to the original stash, now might need backpack ????????♀️
Yes I promote your works to any book lover.
* Giggles in zombie* I really do love your brains.
Thank you for the years of Kate kicking ass and making Dali laugh.
I was in pure delight when I discovered these wonderful books
Its a great ride!
Happy Anniversary and thank you for all your books! I love them all even if I have a soft spot for Kate.
Happy Anniversary! Picked up a book how many years ago(?) and was hooked.
happy anniversary! thanks for all the adventures!
Carol J Southard says
Happy Anniversary! I must say, I re-read this series(and all of your books and stories) as comfort reads. I’ve lost count of the number of times I have done this. In fact, I’m currently reading the Edge series, which is followed on a re-read of the Hidden Legacy books. 🙂
Y’all are the best. Some stories are too good to give up! Kate’s books are ones that I will read over & over. Thanks for your creative effort.
Omg my heart is so full! It’s been that long?! I miss the Kate Daniels series!!!
My favorite series. I am currently re reading it for the 15th time it just never gets old. Cannot wait to see what things you have in store for this. Hopefully more Julie and Derrick lol
Rita B. says
Sometimes, reading an author for the first time is like falling in love. Happy anniversary in what has been a wonderful relationship.
Cheryl Runyan says
My favorite series!
Thank you Ilona and Gordon. What a ride it has been! Looking forward to many more delicious reads.
i found this book in middle school and the series carried me through some really hard times and have me something to look forward to. your blog truly makes me feel family. xoxo
Lorrie Thompson says
I’m a new visitor to the world you launched those 15 years ago (just starting Magic Breaks) and I can’t thank you enough for being wondrous tour guides and story tellers of this magical place. It’s a bit harder to return home after each visit. But I also feel intrigued and energized when I do, which is a huge gift. Happy anniversary!
Like so many of the BDH, I am completely hooked on your creations -the iaverses, the characters, the creativity – just the way you put sentences together. Thank you bunches
Happy Anniversary!!! Thanks for the millions of words that have made me so happy to see your name on the New Releases lists for 15 years!! I’m looking forward to MANY more!
Amazon is kind enough to tell me that I bought this book on 9/5/13.
Kat in NJ says
Happy Anniversary! I don’t know whether to be happier to you, for your continuing spectacular writing successes, or to us – the BDH – because we have benefited and gotten SO MUCH from your writings! Thank you!!!!!! ????
I’m just re-reading the series and still love it so much! I notice even more amazing things this time around. Thank you for the amazing world of Kate Daniels!
My favorite series ever!
Thank you so much for that world that you guys created! The anticipation of each new book was so exciting. I haunted book stores hoping that the book had been put out early, and once I found an early copy. I really pity non-readers who miss this special excitement. Those characters and stories will always be among my favorites. You guys rock.
I absolutely love the this series. I reread it probably once a year and just fall in love with it all over.
Debbie Richardson says
Best book series ever. Thank you for writing it!
By the time Magic Rises came out I was finishing up packing for a cross country move and I remember sitting in the middle of that mess and reading. My anxiety for Kate coupled with moving anxiety kept pinging around my chest. Lol, such little faith. I swear I haven’t questioned a direction since!
Thank you for creating the best series ever! It gave me sooooo many great moments, I had to read soooo many sentences and dialogues aloud (to myself ????), because they were so awesome and I cannot put into words (because I am clearly no writer ????) how much I love Kate and the whole gang, their quests and adventures and post-shift Atlanta of course. Absolutely fabulous.
P.S. I laughed so hard at Sophia‘s picture: the guts of my enemies, indeed ????????????
Tina Young says
Happy anniversary. Just finished my latest re read/listen. Keep coming back like and comfy blanket you just want to snuggle up with now and again. ????????????
Oooh,happy book anniversary!! I’m actually re-reading this series now because I’m (drowning) in the middle of a move and need a comfort read. Thank you for this awesome series!!
After seeing the drawing I wanted to read the original post again. I found what I thought was the link here https://ilona-andrews.com/2021/friday-basics-and-a-list/ but when I click on https://ilona-andrews.com/2020/fandom-tea-party/ I get a 404 error.
Moderator R says
The original post is archived 🙂 .
Happy anniversary! I loved all the books. I hope there is a video series in the future!!!!
KD- first publication/then series/ then EVERYTHING. 15 years!! What a great story???????? congrats!
Beth Lowrey says
Happy anniversary! I had no idea it had been 15 years since the 1st book. I frequently reread and relisten (if that’s s word ????) to several of your series but especially KD world. I like it best ’cause it’s long!
Hope your self-publishing venture goes well. Like most of the BDH, I’m always delighted to see a new release no matter the length, although, to be honest, the longer the better.
Kimberly au Telemanus says
I’ll never forget finding that little treasure of a tiny paperback in the Barnes and Noble when I was a teenager❤️
Happy anniversary! I have already read them at least 5 times each book (much more for my favorites). I am French and I didn’t like the first French covers (now there are much better). It had a sentimental vibe and at that time I wanted an heroin who kicked ass. On Amazon, someone advised to not take into account the cover because it didn’t reflect the story. The best advice ever. I never regretted it. Thank you for being such amazing writers.
Mark Leighton Fisher says
Happy 15th and many, many more! As a husband and wife writing team ourselves, you two are an inspiration. Thanks for all the great stories, and looking forward to many more delivered on your timetable.
Andrea Smith says
I’ve been a member of the BDH since the beginning. I was so thankful for your Blog back then while waiting Magic #2/3. Many authors didn’t have an online presence. Sometime between Magic#6 and Innkeeper this blog blew up. Thanks for sharing with us.
PS Magic Bites had the worse, cheesy cover ever. I’m thankful when House Andrew’s self publishes, they produce stunning covers.
Karen C says
I look at your collected works, and I’m in awe of what you’ve accomplished in “only” fifteen years. Thank you for countless hours spent lost in one of your worlds!
Congrats! My friend convinced me to try KD when we both lived in rural Japan. I devoured them. That was a very hard year, and KD made it a little easier.
I later flew to Oregon with the same friend for your book signing as you were finally “in the area” ( we lived in CA). So worth it.
Thanks for the countless hours of fun.
Happy Anniversary! I live KD’s world, and I really love the POV extras – just thinking of grocery lists makes me smile ????
i found the first book in the library, i was thrilled. i immediately went out and bought a copy because i knew i would be more than once, or even 15 times. I’m very glad i found you!!! Thank you.
thank you for all the good stories 🙂 Happy Anniversary
E Su says
Happy Anniversary! Thanks for making such awesome universes!
Happy Anniversary! I love Kate and her world. I have all that series on audio. Whenever I can’t find any good new books to listen to I go back and listen to the whole series and it makes me happy to know people like you are out there creating more wonderful stories.
I like your other series too but Kate has a special place in my heart.
And thank you both so much for all the wonderful words you’ve written since then and will in the future!
Happy Anniversary! Just look at what you started – a BDH. In all your books – fabulous good characters with strong moral compasses and bad characters I want to whoop myself. All your books I have reread numerous times (and listened with audio) and plan to continue. So many reasons to love your books as so thoroughly detailed in many of the comments above. Big, big thanks for being in the world and giving us your wonderful creative books.
Nancy Pollan says
I seem to be missing a book. I know it’s “Iron and Magic”, ” Blood Heir,” but what is the 3rd novel length book?
Moderator R says
Gunmetal Magic, Andrea’s POV ???? https://ilona-andrews.com/kd-novellas/#gunmetal
Tonya S. says
LOL! Not sure why you wasted the writing space for the second part of that last sentence.
As if! Not keep reading & waiting for the next one? Not possible!
Stay safe & stay healthy!
The Kate Daniels series is going to stay with me the rest of my life. No other series is as dear to me as this one. Random things in my everyday life will spark a memory from the books and it’ll immediately perk me up. Thank you for writing my favorite books of all time ♥️
Congratulations!! One of my all time favorite series to read and reread! Thank you!!
Happy Anniversary and THANK YOU!!! You have given me a decade and a half of entertainment and joy— and counting!
Dona Deam says
Happy Anniversary! Thank you for writing about the fabulous Kate Daniels World. Those books and all the other series you have written are a wonderful part of my life.
Better late than never: Happy Anniversary! I started reading KD at book 3, it had just came out. I went back frantically in search of the other two and never looked back!
I think I’ve re read the entire series twice (along with many of your other books!). Thank you for sharing your work, your world and bringing BDH together ????
Congratulations! I still remember when I found it in the bookstore and thought, “This looks good”. I was hooked and still love all of your books.
George Bailey says
You have given me lots of fun and joy over the years … Thank you !!!
I look forward to more adventures with Julie !!!
So very happy for you and us!!
Dotty Brooker says
This series is my comfort reread! Love your work! So happy there’s more to come.
Happy Anniversary!! I hope you guys take a bit of time to sit back and celebrate!
I was 20yrs old when I first picked up Kate Daniels. 15 yrs later I can’t even begin to describe how much these books have meant to me. Thank you
Gentry Lowe says
Congrats-Kate will always be my “womance”go to????
Happy Anniversary! Thank you for taking us on such an amazing journey!!
Thank you so much for the Kate Daniels series. Both of you are so talented and creative! I love all of your books but I think this series will always be my favorite.
Laurie Blanchard says
That is so crazy! About 4 days ago i started missing the early Kate/Curran books, read book one and im now up to and re-reading book 7 now (which is one of my favorites). This isnt so weird, ive re-read the entire series like 6?times
But, Last night i suddenly wondered how long ago book one came out (i found you as book three was coming out) and it turns out its your series 15th anniversary.Congrats!! And Thankyou!
They are all so good!!!! But i especially love the ones after Kate and Curran are solid as a couple. Book 5 i think it was, about broke my heart where they went to Europe.
Anyway, they are my comfort read. Which IS weird. All the violence should be upsetting. But when life gets hard, they are there for me. Life just did again, (mom moved into hospice on saturday, family member having severe mental health crisis) and there they are.Kate and Curran, kicking ass, taking names, and always on the side of good.I needed the distraction.
What a day to celebrate! This is my favorite IA world, I am re-reading the KD series right now! Love all the characters, every story, every detail – it’s brilliant! Excited for the next adventure, I can’t wait to see what my favorite charcters are up to!
Wow. In less than 15 years you have been through many adventures, and you are not done yet.
Thank you for the stories you have spun.
Joe Ellett says
Congratulations, and thanks for fifteen years of truly imaginative stories and worlds.
Congratulations! I am so very glad that you did publish this great novel. I have enjoyed every book you have written. I thank you so much for entertaining me all these years.
KD has inspired, delighted, enlightened and entertained for these 15 years. I will also be grateful to my friend who owned a small bookstore in my neighborhood who on one of my visits said, “Try this new author. I think that you will really like them”. She was right. I have devoured every scrap that the two of you have written (that I can locate). I have read all of your books at least twice. Well, more than that because when the publication date of a new book in a series is announced, I re-read the series to familiarize myself with the characters and storylines. Since I teach English full-time and endorsement classes for my district at night, I am grateful that I read quickly with 90% comprehension. Your books have taken me on journeys as I was recovering from major car accidents that drastically reduced my physical capabilities for a period of time. Your stories took me to another place where for a time I was so engrossed I was able to ignore the pain that was my constant companion! Also, your books have so many subtle nuances they always fully engage my mind no matter how many times I have read the story! THANK YOU! That forgetfulness was a precious gift. You deserve every success and I hope that you are well-rewarded!
Happy Anniversary Magic Bites!
I am just in the process of another series re-read.
I learned of Magic Bites from a friend of mine. He told me to stop reading whatever I was into and read Magic Bites. He said it was so good and the vampires were the most original twice on the lore he’d ever seen. I listened to him and have loved the series since the first read through.
I do miss reading new stories of Kate and Curran’s adventures and I love anything from the KD world – I look forward to any and all future stories.
Thank you Ilona and Gordon, for this wonderful world and characters. 🙂
Thank us? Thank you!
Wendy S. says
Congratulations! By coincidence, I am re-reading Blood Heir. How funny is that? Been with you since the beginning.
Happy Anniversary and thank you for your amazing work!
It happens I am rereading now these glorious books.
Gail G says
You deserve all the good stuff. That’s a “yo-mama!” mess of books. For us readers, it’s lovely to know we can sink into yet another well-written, well crafted story. Stay well, happy and prosperous.
Thank you for sharing Kate Daniels with us! We are so lucky you did.
Much love from Paris,
Thank you for all the amazing books 🙂
Melissa Lewis says
Happy Anniversary! Time flies when you have great books to devour!
You two belong to a very small group of four authors whose books I order without even looking at the description and magic bites was the start of what is one of my favourite relationships. Books transport us to other worlds, bring us joy, relief from stress, and in your case a constant delight in how delightfully twisty (in the very best way) your minds are. So happy anniversary from a slightly wonky, but extremely enthusiastic fan in Perth Australia.
Trish C says
Wait – in only 15 years you’ve written all 13 of the KD books, the 4 Edge books, the 5 Hidden Legacy books AND the 5 Innkeeper books?! Plus all the short stories? Am I misunderstanding that? Holy cow you guys! That’s seriously amazing.
Moderator R says
And Kinsmen! It’s very ????
Kate fan for life ????????
Your fans are grateful for everything that you have endured to be able to accomplish all that you have to share with us. <3
I never get tired of immersing myself back into KD’s world repeatedly, like comfortably being wrapped up in a therapeutic blanket.
She isn’t a superficially “strong” female lead with no real substance to her character to back her up. She is an amalgam of strong, humble, smartass, sarcastic, always learning and progressing, insecure but confident with a touch of self-deprecation, immensely courageous despite her flaws and vulnerabilities, which makes her feel genuine and admirable. I love her and the world and characters you have built around her.
A very Happy Anniversary to your first gem and Thank You!
Ivy-Lynne Stein says
Love dropping back into Kate’s world. Getting Distracted was wonderful. Thank you and Happy Anniversary. Looking forward to more reads
Happy Anniversary! Thank you for all the hard work that went into this series. Love it so much!
Happy Anniversary! So glad I found this series. My first dip into the world of Ilona Andrews.
Thanks for the post yesterday about Kate, Curran and Conlan. Love that you allow us to connect with them from time to time. It brightens any day.
I can’t believe it’s been 15 years since reading that first book! Thank you for letting us share such a brilliant universe ❤️
You guys are my happy place, you always make me smile. My son was old enough two years ago to read Kate Daniels after loving Innkeeper since middle school, and now I can share tidbits with him.
I am happy to wait for whatever you dish up.
Congratulations on the 15th anniversary on your first published novel! It has been a wild ride thru Kate’s world, the Edge, the Inns and other worlds. I’ve loved every moment of these worlds…the characters, the lands, the different magicks, etc. Here’s to another 15 more years! Plus…<3
Lisa Glavey says
Happy Anniversary House Andrews. ????????????????
I love all your series. Have read and reread all your books and can’t wait for your next offering, can’t get enough! Reading Sweep of the Heart snippets on your website as they appear at the moment, can’t wait for that book to become available too. You are my favorite authors, please never ever stop writing. Love your work so much. X
jackie conway says
I love the tidbit about conlan please give us more
It’s one of my favorite series ever! It got me through Covid, and depression, and so much more. When ever I’m scared, I repeat in my head, “Be Kate”. It works!
Congratulations Ilona & Gordon! It’s been an absolute delight to get to experience the world of Kate Daniels!
Happy Anniversary! Love the KD books! Can’t wait for the Blood Heir sequel.
Carmen Moschetti says
These are my favourite books. I love, love them. I have them all, have read them all numerous times and get just as much enjoyment reading them again, as I did the first time reading them. There are so many to get through, and things to remember, it’s nice to start from the beginning and get introduced again! My go-to Ilona Andrews series. Thank you for such wonderful reading.
Bill From NJ says
How can we not revisit it? The amazing part is when you go back to that first book, how much of the KD universe we see in the later books is there, the characters and the working of that world.
And the first book holds a deep place in my heart for the snark Kate gives Curren, how can you forget Kate shaking a bag of kibble and saying ‘here kitty kitty’, or when she uses her sword to weld his weights to the weight bench?
I know you guys have said that there are things you don’t like w the first book, but as a reader it doesn’t show to me at all. I have read a lot of experienced authors that I like, that don’t have the complete package your first book does.
And all I can say is, you might look at MB and cringe at some of it, but if you read my (deservedly) unpublished novel, you shoulders and facial expression would be a permanent cringe, I promise you:) ( would be like every mothers warning ‘don’t do that, it might get stuck like that!)
Hi! I hope it’s ok if I comment here, your blog post about Chinese dramas doesn’t allow comments anymore.
I wanted to ask if there was any chance you will ever write an east-Asian heroine since you seem interested in Asian dramas? There are so few Asian main characters in fantasy, it would be so nice to be represented in such a popular genre.
Thank you for your impeccable writing and have a nice day!
Hi Katie. So I was watching a C-drama the other day about a group of professional video game players. The lone girl on the team saw a pretty woman approach the guy she liked. The entire team saw it happen and one of her male teammates warned everyone that when the girl washed her her that night, the water would run green.
I got it, because I watched a lot of C dramas. 🙂 But watching dramas doesn’t really give me a solid understanding of what it is like to be from East Asia or to be an American of East Asian descent. A lot goes into making a character authentic. I get away with my portrayal of Russians because I was born and raised there. I get away with my portrayal of Americans because I am one.
So the real question here is, would you trust me to portray someone like you as a heroine? Would you have confidence that this portrayal would be accurate? Would it be what you hoped for? All good questions.